DIY: Chanel Inspired Transparent Over The Shoulder Bag

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There were MANY things I loved about the Chanel 2013 Resort collection, but I’ll have to admit at first glance the clear shoulder bag wasn’t one of them. I think it took me back to me retail days. When I worked at Saks the Asset Protection department had all employees put our belongings in a clear bag. It was to prevent employees from stealing, but I was always weirded out by it. However, the more I got to thinking about it the more I remembered how easy it was to find stuff in my clear Saks work bag. I never lost my cell or my keys. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed to get me one of these clear bags for the Summer. Let’s be honest, I play the ‘find the key at the bottom of your purse’ game at least twice a day.

Materials: Clear Travel Bag (available at the Container Store), Chain, Suede, Grommets

To give your bag that classic Chanel look you’ll have to weave your suede material through the chain. The amount of chain you’ll need depends on your personal preference. Just remember that you’ll need double the length of suede to be sure you have enough to weave through the entire length of your chain.

This weaving process takes some time so don’t rush it. Do it during your favorite TV show or while chatting on the phone to your bestie. It took me about a hour or so to weave the suede through about 2 yards of chain. After you finish you’ll never question the price of a Chanel bag again! All of their bags are handmade and boy do they take some time to make.

Now it’s time to add your grommets. You can pick up grommet kits from your local fabric or craft store. First, cut a hole in your bag where you would like your grommet to go.

Then use a hammer to apply the grommets

Repeat the same process on the opposite side

Once you’ve added the grommets, slide the chain through the bag. Use a pair of plyers to connect the chain and tie a double not in the suede to secure your strap.

The clear shoulder bag is the perfect accessory for Summer.

The woven chain strap is a great detail

What I got in my bag (from L to R): iPhone and charger, BCBG bronze mini notebook, Swarvoski crystal pen, keys to the Beamer, Cynthia Vincent make up bag (which hold a few of my fave products), gold glitter H&M wallet, my business cards, my sunnies from TOMS

Shout out to all my PR friends that invite me to event and hook me up with amazing gift bags. Besides the iPhone, make up and the keys to the Beamer everything else was gifted! #ThanksForTheSupply


40 responses

  1. awesome idea! 😀

    May 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

  2. Such a creative DIY! I’m gonna see what I find to do it! Thanks

    May 30, 2012 at 3:58 am

  3. You are amazing!!!!

    I love the way you make fashion as DIY!!!


    May 30, 2012 at 6:06 am

  4. rocquelleislovely

    I LOVE this!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

  5. Robin

    This post is really a great idea! As I was looking at how cute your tribal make up bag looked in the bag, I am thinking that card stock paper in a fun print could be cut and inserted to change up the look!

    May 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

    • That sounds like a fun idea!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

  6. kendra

    Ok, so i wasn’t a fan of clear purses, however, no thar you’ve made a clear arguement of the ease of finding my keys I may just give this a try.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

  7. This is AWESOME! I’ve been obsessing over clear bags. I hope I can find a neon clear bag to DIY 😀

    May 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

    • Try the Container Store. They have all sorts of travel bags in different colors, shapes and sizes! xo

      May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

  8. I love this! I remember way back in middle school I bought a clear purse, too bad I didn’t hang on to it. This is one of the best looking DIYs I’ve seen in a while.

    PS-Now I am on the hunt for that Cynthia Vincent makeup bag. The drawback of having a clear bag is that I want everything I put in it to be extra cute 🙂

    May 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  9. Wow, well done! x

    May 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

  10. Allyson

    Girl you inspire me. Your posts are always so clear with step by step directions. I might try this one.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

  11. Love it!


    May 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

  12. This is unbelievable!!! I love it!! Gotta do this soon. Kristin you are a DIY goddess.


    June 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

  13. This is so cute! It’s funny how fashion repeats itself. These bags were hot when I was in middle school (like 96′ or 97′). They were cute to me then (I had one) and they’re cute to me now (^_^) Thanks for sharing.

    BTW…I’m going to follow you on Bloglovin’ so I’ll be visiting from time to time.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

  14. Such a cute idea

    June 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  15. YESSS! I love this idea soo much!

    June 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

  16. Yolo

    Hola, can i use your description Photos for my German Blog?
    i would link you!! Greez

    June 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

  17. I love it !!!

    June 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

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  19. Cathy T

    What type of chain did you use and what size grommets?

    June 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    • I’m not sure of the exact size of the chain. I just found the chain that I really liked then made sure that the grommet was large enough for the chain to go through it. It says ‘Large’ on the grommet box. Hope that helps! xoxo

      June 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

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  21. Lisa

    where did you purchase the chain from? thanks!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    • I picked it up at my local fabric store in LA, International Silk and Woolens. Most fabrics stores have a great selection of chain in the notions department.

      June 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

  22. Reblogged this on I Am A Hidden Gem.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

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  24. TaLisa

    I have been looking everywhere for a way to add straps to my Betsy Johnson cosmetic bags. Thank you so much this awesome idea! 🙂

    June 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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  26. Victoria

    This is absolutely adorable!! Is there some where else I could get a clear bag there’s not a container store where I live. Thanks!

    September 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  27. joyce O

    where can I buy the chain???

    September 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

  28. Absolutely trying this tomorrow. And I LOVE your hairdo! Could you please do a tutorial of it?

    December 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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  30. Jdrmz5

    Great idea LOVE it!!!!! I really like your shoes! Where did you get them?

    February 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    • They’re Sole Society!! xo

      February 14, 2013 at 8:27 am

  31. Resha

    Where can I find this exact chain ?

    April 8, 2013 at 7:49 am

  32. lineastrup

    Reblogged this on faciusblog and commented:
    Jeg elsker den nye trend med “see-through-bags”, men de er stadig monster dyre og svære at finde herhjemme. Jeg fandt denne blog – hvor hun selv laver en, og synes den er ufattelig fed. Tak GlitternGlue 😉

    In english:
    I simply love the new trend with the transparent bags, but they are still very expensive and hard to find here i DK, so I just found this lovely blog – GlitternGlue – where she makes the bag herself, and it looks so cool!
    Thx Glitternglue for being awesome 😉

    April 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

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